100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The result is a film of sadness and power, the first great 21st century movie about a 21st century subject.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
25th Hour struck me as one of the best movies of 2002, but it's also a film that will strike some of its audience as ethically dubious or threatening.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The movie is flawed by implausible psychology and moments of weak acting. But it's more than redeemed by Lee's passionate ideas about America today.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's deeply stylized, but there's an accompanying patience and gravity that are hard to shake. They're the architecture of a lingering, unsentimental sadness.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Lee, as he did in ''Malcolm X'' and ''Clockers,'' makes his hero's dread palpable, and though 25th Hour lacks the glittering brilliance of those films, I was held by the toughness and pity of Lee's gaze.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In a multiplex filled with empty New Year vessels (take that, Kangaroo Jack), this holdover grabs you hard.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It could have been more taut, could have been harder, but 25th Hour still resonates with power and poetry.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Edward Norton makes an art of self-containment. No contemporary actor gives less away to more effect, and he's at his closely held best in 25th Hour, a drama of redemption, directed by Spike Lee, that seldom rises to the level of his performance.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
To say Spike Lee is repeating himself is itself repetitious -- he is getting B-O-R-I-N-G!
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50

USA Today

Hour not only acknowledges the attacks -- they're a running theme. Lee opens his movie with a shot of the beaming blue spotlights that mark where the twin towers once stood.
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67 out of 100
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